Lopez insinuated Raikkonen is being ungrateful after Lotus revived his F1 career following his two-year rallying and Nascar sabbatical.
Taking the next step is in fact crucial for Lotus.
Gerard Lopez, co-founder of Genii Capital (which retains now a controlling stake of 65% in the team), will remain Chairman of Lotus F1Team.
The Quantum group is led by Mansour Ijaz, who after playing down speculation in Abu Dhabi recently, has now travelled to Austin with the same message.
Will the news keep Kimi Raikkonen with the Lotus team next year?
Statement from Lotus F1 team chairman Gerard Lopez on the disaster in Galicia